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Family, heritage infuse dishes at Cholita Linda

Cholita Linda’s Vanessa Chavez. Photo: Nancy Rubin
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The first time Cholita Linda’s Vanessa Chavez and Murat Sozeri came to sell their food at the Jack London Square farmers market in 2008, they were totally unprepared. They brought no ticket pads, so they had nothing on which to write orders. They didn’t think to bring change. In quickly writing the menu, Chavez wrote “spit tacos” rather than “spit-roasted tacos.” And they neglected to bring a thermometer for the oil, meaning it was either too hot or too cold, and their fried items all came out either over- or under-cooked.

Amazingly, even though they estimated it was a pretty disastrous first day, people came to us saying, ‘That was so good, I’ll be back next week.’ I don’t know how that happened,” Chavez recalled. “We crashed that night, so exhausted, but then, from there, we just started rolling.” … Continue reading »

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Bites: Cholita Linda, 938 Crawfish, Grand Fare open

Cholita Linda staff
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Openings, closings…

CHOLITA LINDA  Temescal now has an “eclectic Latin” place to add to its enviable portfolio of food options. Cholita Linda, which until now had been popping up at farmers markets and the like, opened for business last week at 4923 Telegraph Ave. (at 49th St.). (Finally! We’ve been tracking the place for almost a year.) On the menu: dishes inspired by street food, such as  Baja fish tacos, spit-roast chicken tacos, and carnitas tacos. Sandwiches include Pan con Lomito (peruvian grilled flank steak, marinated roma tomatoes, sautéed red onions, watercress, herbed olive oil), Pollo Picante (tortilla crusted chicken breast, gaujillo sauce, cabbage salad, lime vinaigrette), Tocino (Niman Ranch bacon, butter lettuce, roma tomatoes, chipotle aioli), and Butifarra (Roasted Pork Loin, butter lettuce, Salsa Criolla and aioli). Aguas Frescas come in mango, strawberry and fresh squeezed lime flavors. … Continue reading »

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Bites: Cholita Linda, Curbside Creamery on the way

Curbside Creamery is still on target to open in Temescal Alley. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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CURBSIDE CREAMERY We told you about Curbside Creamery back in July. Owner Tori Wentworth, a Cal alumna, is still planning on opening up her ice cream shop in Oakland’s fashionable Temescal Alley. While she waits for the build-out and permitting to happen, she can be found in the alley with her cart on Saturdays, 1-5pm, serving treats such as Earl Grey ice cream (pictured above). Curbside focuses on cashew-based vegan ice creams, though regular dairy flavors are also available. Think bourbon whiskey and vanilla, or mint stracciatella. Wentworth has also been popping up at the Grand Lake farmer’s market, and hopes to make that a regular gig. Follow Curbside Creamery on Facebook to keep udpated on the cart’s whereabouts and progress on the brick-and-mortar spot which, when it opens, will be when the shop opens will be at 482 49th St. … Continue reading »

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Gallery: ‘Temescal Tastes’ with Edible Excursions

Juhu Beach Club
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The new Edible Excursions “Taste of Temescal” tour highlights the wealth of delicious food options available in this hopping neighborhood. Continue reading »

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Bites: What’s new, what’s hot, what’s happening, IX

Photo: Christina Mitchell
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Bites is Nosh’s round-up of restaurant and bar news in the East Bay. Got a tip or a scoop? Send it our way at nosh@berkeleyside.com. Bites is produced by Nosh in collaboration with Christina Mitchell, founder of East Bay Dish. (And we’ve started numbering Bites so you can check out previous editions and be sure you are up with all the food news.) 

Coming soon…

CHOLITA LINDA BISTRO Word on the street is that Cholita Linda, which until now has served its Latin American “dressed up” street food treats at farmers markets and the like, is opening a bistro in Temescal. The plan is to take over three stores — S&S Seafood at 4923 Telegraph Ave., a vitamin store and a hair-braiding place — and turn them into a restaurant. Cholita would be one of three foodie newbies coming to this vibrant neighborhood: Indian street food spot Juhu Beach Club, run by Top Chef alum Preeti Mistry is due to open March 1 at 5179 Telegraph Ave. in the old SR24 location; and beer and sausage place The Hog’s Apothecary is coming to 375 40th St. soon. The transformation of this vibrant Oakland neighborhood continues. There’s no word yet on Cholita Linda’s Facebook page, and attempts to reach the business had been unsuccessful at press time, but we’ll keep you posted. … Continue reading »

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